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Best laptops for students in 2022

Whether you are in secondary school, sixth form, about to start university or embark on a post-grad, the start of the 2022 school year is fast approaching and it's time to prepare your school supplies! If you are done with pencils and paper, pencil case and diary, and you prefer to take your notes and digitise your workflows through a good laptop, then this article is made for you. Our experts will guide you step by step, from understanding what to look for in a student laptop, to buying the ideal laptop that ticks all of your needs. Is it better to invest in an Apple MacBook, a Dell Inspiron, Microsoft Surface Laptop, an Asus or an HP? What storage capacity should you opt for, and how big should the laptop be dimension-wise? Let us help you make the right purchase for a student computer.

What to look for? The essential criteria

Choosing a student laptop can be a pain, especially if you don't know much about it. However, don't worry as this guide will be your north star for getting ready to go back to school! The first step is obviously to identify your needs because there are a multitude of devices for different uses:

Use

Gaming

Professional

Studies

Family

Computer type

desktop PC / laptop

Laptop / Hybrid 2 in 1

Ultraportable / Laptop / Hybrid 2 in 1

laptop / desktop / all-in-one

CPU power importance

High

Medium

Medium

Medium

Graphics card type

High-end dedicated card

Integrated or low-end card

Integrated or low-end card

Mid-range dedicated card

Memory

8 GB at least

4 GB at least

4 GB at least

4 GB at least

Storage type

SSD or SSD + HDD

SSD

SSD

HDD or SSD + HDD

Connectors

at least 4 USBs

at least 2 USBs

at least 4 USBs

at least 4 USBs

Screen size

15.6"+/ 24"+

10 to 14"

11 to 15.6"

15.6"+ / 24"+

For a student, your needs are quite simple: a student laptop must allow you to take notes, carry out research online and store notes and the necessary applications to submit work, while remaining portable. Here is a summarised list on the priorities for a student laptop:

  • Bet on a screen that is between 11 and 16 inches, and full HD if it exceeds 12 inches.

  • Should have great battery life to last at least a whole day.

  • Choose one with a pleasant keyboard as you will spend a lot of time with it. 

  • Large enough memory of at least 4-8 GB of RAM. This is the main memory that is used to handle all running processes. The higher the number, the more processes the device can handle simultaneously.

  • A CPU (Central Processing Unit) of at least a 2-core processor (Intel Core i3). This is the main processor, which is the heart of the computer and is therefore the most important component. The more units (cores) the main processor has, the more powerful it is.

  • Low to medium size graphics card. This receives the information directly from a processor and converts the data into images. For everyday school use, you don't have to rely on a special graphics card

  • Should come with a webcam and video recording capability. Both should be included for students to interact with their teachers and classmates if lessons are to be taken remotely.

  • Finally, if you have the budget, a faster SSD type hard drive like 128 GB or 256 GB. This is the type of storage most laptops use.

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This criteria is suitable for students who will use their laptops for note taking, crearting presentations, surfing the web, and writing dissertations and essays. For computer science, architecture  or graphic design students (who may need heavier software), as well as for engineers, try looking for a more powerful laptop such as:

Regarding the technical characteristics, you should look out for the following:

  • An i7 processor.

  • A minimum of 8 GB RAM.

  • An SSD hard drive.

Now that you have the basics, let's get into the details on the best laptops for students in 2022.